Designs with Public Safety in Mind

New modern fire station was designed to support the Town of Batavia and their first responders for many years to come.

Located on Stringham Drive, the Town of Batavia’s Fire Station 2 is a beautiful, modern firehouse serving as the Batavia Fire Department’s outpost on the East side of their district. The new 10,375 sq. ft. facility replaces a much smaller building that the town firefighters previously used.

Enhanced facility operation was a main driver for the project team, which consisted of CPL serving as the Architect of Record, Thompson Builds, Inc as the General Contractor, and David Ciurzynski Consulting, LLC as the Fire Station Consultant.

“In working closely with the Batavia Fire Department, we knew they were very eager to expand their in-house functions,” said CPL Architect, Steve Pyrkosz, AIA. “I’m glad our team was able to collaboratively produce creative solutions that got them into a much larger home, despite up-front budgetary constraints.”

The team approached the project with a design-build mindset, which allowed for the strategic rethinking of using specific building materials to achieve budgetary goals.

“Early in the design process, we decided to change the construction type from a masonry load-bearing system to a conventional frame with insulated metal wall and roof panels,” explained Pyrkosz.“ This allowed for the building envelope to be erected, which meant work could continue in the interior and on the exterior simultaneously”—a tactful solution that helped accelerate the schedule and reduce overall costs.

The final design features two drive-through apparatus bays for storing vehicles and equipment. There are also several built-in training elements including designated areas for confined space extraction training and ladder evolution training.

The station’s living quarters contains four bunk areas as well as a large, open day room complete with multiple zones for cooking, dining, playing games and promoting a calm sense of community for the department.

“It is so important for fire station living areas to be designed in such a way that allows firefighters to relax and decompress from their highly stressful and dangerous moments on the job,” added Pyrkosz.

The ability to outfit the Town of Batavia with a new, top-notch fire station that fosters real-time training and quality building design was a testament to a well-executed project approach. Together, the team identified solutions for lower unit costs, an accelerated construction schedule and enhanced innovation to ensure the new facility would be a true extension of the community.

The result? A modern fire station that enables staff to train, perform at their peak, and get emergency responders to the scene as quickly as possible.

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